Phoenix, Az. – Many publications and outlets around the country released their All-American teams prior to the NCAA Tournament. That meant a lot of people left South Carolina senior Sindarius Thornwell off of those teams.
However, on Thursday, CBS Sports released their All-American teams, and Thornwell was on the first-team. It's the first time he's been named a first-team All-American.
"Sindarius Thornwell is a great example of why we wait till the week of the Final Four to name All-Americans," CBS Sports' Gary Parrish wrote. "Because any media outlet that did All-America teams before this NCAA Tournament began was at risk of omitting the best player on a Final Four team who is averaging 25.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in this three-week event."
Thornwell joins Kansas' Frank Mason, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Villanova's Josh Hart, and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan on the first team.
South Carolina begins play at the Final Four in Phoenix on Saturday, April 1. The Gamecocks will take on Gonzaga at 6:09 p.m. ET. The contest will be nationally televised by CBS.